A NEWCHOLEOEIMERIASPECIES (APICOMPLEXA: EIMERIIDAE) INFECTING THE GALL BLADDER OFSCINCUS MITRANUS(REPTILIA: SCINCIDAE) IN SAUDI ARABIA

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Abstract

Choleoeimeria mitranusensis n. sp. is described from the gall bladder of the lizard Scincus mitranus in Saudi Arabia. The prevalence of the infection was 20% (6/30). Oocysts were ellipsoidal and measured 29 μm × 20 μm. Sporocysts were dizoic and elliptical in shape. The endogenous development was confined to the gall bladder epithelium. Meronts, gamonts, and young oocysts were detected.

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